Hard work paying off for young star

Claire Coten looks on track to achieving her dream of making the Australian swimming team. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d415107
Claire Coten looks on track to achieving her dream of making the Australian swimming team. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d415107

The South Shore Swimming Club member recently claimed the number one national ranking for her age in the 1500m freestyle after five days of intense competition at the Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships at Challenge Stadium in Mt Claremont.

Despite only graduating from the junior ranks two years ago, Claire proved to be an unstoppable force, competing in 16 individual events, seven relays and racing 28 times across heats, semifinals and finals.

She finished with 11 individual medals, in addition to securing the top national ranking for her age group.

Claire’s coach, Kareena Preston, credits the talented swimmer’s success to her work ethic, as well as her ability to have fun while training.

‘It’s important the swimmers enjoy their time in the pool, otherwise they won’t keep coming back and working towards their goals,’ she said.

Claire said the strong level of competition motivated her to perform at her best.

‘I had a really solid preparation in the lead-up to States, which allowed me to peak at the right time,’ she said.

‘It was the best outcome that I could have imagined.’

Although Claire is not sure where her swimming will take her in the near future, she ultimately wants to make the Australian swimming team.

She does eight two-hour pool training sessions a week, in addition to running and strength training.